Archive for January, 2011

DREAM Act Fails in Senate

1/13/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

The House of Representatives passed the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act on December 8, 2010, but the Senate failed to pass the bill on December 18. The outcome was 55-41, which was five votes short of the 60 needed to bypass a filibuster by Republicans and move the bill forward. Prospects are [...]Read More >

Chipotle Fires Scores of Latino Workers in Minnesota

1/9/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

Chipotle Mexican Grill reportedly fired an estimated 50 Latino employees recently as a result of an I-9 (work authorization verification) audit. Brad Sigal of the Minnesota Immigration Rights Action Committee said, “An action like this on a mass scale before the holidays is not consistent with the image [Chipotle's has] cultivated.” In a statement, Chipotle’s [...]Read More >

USCIS Introduces First-Ever Fee Waiver Form

1/5/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

For the first time, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has introduced a standardized form for requesting waivers of the fees charged for immigration benefit processing. Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, became available for use on November 23, 2010, the same day USCIS’s latest fee schedule took effect. USCIS said it heard concerns expressed [...]Read More >

File H-1B Petitions Now, ABIL Advises

1/1/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

H-1B filings may increase as the 65,000 numerical limit (cap) approaches. The Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL) recommends filing petitions now. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that as of December 17, 2010, 53,900 cap-eligible petitions have been approved or were pending. USCIS has also receipted 19,700 H-1B petitions for individuals with advanced [...]Read More >